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Beadlocks, How they work!

I stopped by Mighty Taco this afternoon for lunch and noticed this on a 2 door JK Rubicon. As you can see from the pictures there is approximately a 1/2 inch gap between the actual beadlock ring and the tire. Im not even sure how they mounted the tire on the wheel because it doesnt even look like the beadlock ring was holding the tire in place. Is this even safe???

Also when I stood next to the tire and looked down, the wheel actually appears to stick out just as far as the tire. I sure hope this is a mall crawler as Id hate to see an amazing set of wheels get damaged.

The tires are stock 255/75R17 BFGoodrich Mud Terrains mounted on 17x8.5 AEV Pintler wheels








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I don't know if the wheel is actually locking the bead in. I think it may be mounted normally with the lock ring bolted on. I think lock ring is just there for looks although it could probably be used for an actual bead lock if the tire were mounted differently.

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Is it even possible to mount a tire on a beadlock wheel the same way as you would mount a tire on a normal wheel? If so, wouldnt that defeat the purpose of buying the beadlock wheel to begin with? I know the AEV Pintler Beadlock wheels are street legal as they are DOT approved so I dont think they would do it like that for legal purposes. I just dont understand why someone would do that???????????




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Is it even possible to mount a tire on a beadlock wheel the same way as you would mount a tire on a normal wheel? If so, wouldnt that defeat the purpose of buying the beadlock wheel to begin with? I know the AEV Pintler Beadlock wheels are street legal as they are DOT approved so I dont think they would do it like that for legal purposes. I just dont understand why someone would do that???????????
Most the DOT bead locks aren't actual beadlocks per say and are more for looks, which those appear to be.
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Most the DOT bead locks aren't actual beadlocks per say and are more for looks, which those appear to be.
Nope, those are true beadlocks made by AEV and are definately DOT approved. There are only a handful of real beadlocks out there that are DOT approved. These arent fake beadlock wheels like the Mickey Thompson Classic Locks.


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I have done a lot of research on these wheels as I plan on buying a set in the future. In the most recent Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road magazine they are shown on page 36 with a bunch of other beadlock wheels. It states that they use Hutchinson technology and are DOT-compliant.

I am sure that you have heard of Hutchinson Beadlock Wheels before.




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How much did the beak lock stick up above the rim flange? Doesn't look like much.

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How much did the beak lock stick up above the rim flange? Doesn't look like much.
Im not sure exactly how much the beadlock sticks up above the wheel flange. However I do know that its enough to properly secure the bead of the tire.




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If that guy deflated his tires for offroad use, the beadlocks would be able to do their job. In other words, the beadlock isn't really needed for on-road use, so the gap doesn't pose any issues.

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